Queensland Flood Warning Infrastructure Network Program


Queensland’s Flood Warning Infrastructure

In Queensland, more than 3200 rainfall and river gauges inform statewide flood warnings and forecasts. These are owned and operated by multiple entities including state and local government, the private sector, and the Bureau of Meteorology.

Flood waters don’t respect boundaries. It is therefore extremely important for all areas of Queensland to have information from other flood warning systems. This will help keep our communities safe by ensuring they are well informed by timely weather and flood warnings and forecasts.

Working together for the best possible flood warnings

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) is working with key stakeholders including the Bureau of Meteorology and local governments to improve Queensland’s flood warning infrastructure.

A high level of collaboration and information sharing is necessary to ensure accurate and consistent flood warning information is being provided to the Bureau of Meteorology and to our local communities.

Video: Partnerships to improve Queensland’s flood warnings

(5 minutes)

The QRA is working with the owners of flood warning infrastructure to make sure Queenslander’s get the best possible warnings of future floods. It’s about keeping our communities safe and reducing the cost of future floods. This video showcases the partnership between five South West Queensland local governments that are helping strengthen flood warnings for their communities. Hear from the CEO of Murweh Shire Council about the benefits of working together when it comes to managing flood warning infrastructure.

Flood Warning Infrastructure Network Project

To support Queensland communities in their recovery following the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough disaster event (25 January to 14 February 2019), the $8 million Flood Warning Infrastructure Network Project was approved as part of the $242 million Category C and D Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) package, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.

Project purpose

The purpose of the Flood Warning Infrastructure Network Project is to analyse existing flood warning infrastructure, and work with the Bureau of Meteorology and local communities to identify high priority locations requiring additional flood warning infrastructure capability.

Project benefits

The Flood Warning Infrastructure Network Project is keeping our communities safe by delivering:

  • suitable flood warning infrastructure upgrades to the most appropriate locations throughout the flood-impacted area
  • improvements to Bureau of Meteorologyservices to support primary producers and communities
  • a range of assets to support better information being made available including the use of flood cameras at strategic locations.

Key project actions

  • Facilitate a catchment approach - locally led, regionally coordinated
  • Define flood warning infrastructure as means for providing situational awareness
  • Incorporate existing initiatives into one common operating picture
  • Analyse existing infrastructure upgrade initiatives against identified risk areas
  • Identify gaps in the flood warning infrastructure network
  • Develop and apply principles for prioritisation across the areas of operation
  • Prioritise flood warning infrastructure improvements across the areas of operation
  • Support procurement of infrastructure
  • Establish / align with emerging governance arrangements.

Fact sheet and maps of project areas of operation

During the initial stage of the project, QRA will be in contact with councils and other stakeholders in the project areas of operation outlined in this fact sheet.

Flood Gauge Network Investment Plans and the the Queensland Gauge Asset Review

QRA has been involved in a number of initiatives in place to ensure that people in flood prone communities across Queensland have appropriate warning of flood events including Flood Gauge Network Investment Plans for local governments, the Queensland Gauge Asset Review and the Queensland Flood Forecast Location Review. For more information visit the project page at: